Spyder Paintball Is Respected for Good Reasons

Here at Ultimate Paintball, we take pride in supplying players with the best in equipment and apparel.  Paintball is like other industries, susceptible to poor manufacturers but present with those who supply the public with premier, quality products and services.  We align ourselves with the latter group, Spyder Paintball being one of them.

Along with Spyder Paintball, we supply our shoppers with other quality name brands including Tippmann and Empire.  Paintball players are competitive by nature, so naturally some will spark debate on who offers the best guns and equipment.  We think all of the brands we carry offer great paintball guns and equipment, especially Spyder Paintball.  Keeping a level-headed approach to such a debate, we think it has more to do with the chemistry between a player and their gun regardless of the manufacturer.  Of course, you have to distinguish the superior manufacturers from those who aren’t worth mentioning.  We narrow the process for you by only carrying quality brands.  The rest is up to you.  We provide information about each piece of equipment and encourage our shoppers to do some additional research.

Paintball is still a relatively young sport.  Paintball guns actually predate the sport.  The first gun was developed in 1970 for reasons that had nothing to do with sport.  Forestry workers used guns to mark trees (thus, the alternative name of paintball marker).  About eleven years later, someone came up with an awesome idea – using the paintball markers for sport!

Spyder Paintball came out of the gates blazing, quickly making a good name by producing affordable and durable guns and equipment in the 1990s.  Like the sport, Spyder Paintball products constantly evolve, giving players good reason to get excited about getting out on the field.

We expect the featured manufacturer to keep us and our customers happy, providing unique, dependable, and awesome guns and equipment.  Don’t be shy in letting us know what you think about Spyder Paintball equipment and other paintball accessories found on our site.  We thank you for your allegiance to us and guarantee we do all we can to bring you the best in paintball equipment.

The Basics on Paintball Barrels

Do you have the bug yet?  It doesn’t take many minutes of game play or visits to the field; once you’ve played paintball for a little while, you’ll get the urge to play more and more.  Once you’re hooked, you’ll be interested in improving your game and enhancing your equipment and apparel.  Paintball barrels present opportunities to augment your paintball marker.

If you’re a novice, we don’t want to confuse you; paintball barrels are not necessities of play, yet they do improve the performance of your gun.  Consider the following information about paintball barrels; it may persuade you to make an investment, improving your game and marker performance.

The game is constantly advancing as well as equipment, but at present, paintball barrels consist of three components.  The threading has grooves, allowing players to screw the barrel onto a gun.  The shaft is the solid portion of the barrel, allowing paintball travel.  The porting is located at the end of the barrel; holes line the porting up until the end, where the paintball exits.

All threading is not equal; don’t blindly purchase a barrel without ensuring it fits your gun.  Manufacturers usually produce barrels that fit guns of the same make (a Tippmann barrel usually fits a Tippmann gun).  There are adapters, enabling players to unite paintball barrels to guns of a different make.  When making an online purchase, make sure the barrel of interest fits your paintball marker.

There is some debate regarding performance and the length of paintball barrels.  Some believe a longer barrel makes for a more accurate shot.  This belief is true – to a certain degree.  A barrel exceeding one foot may actually hinder the performance of your gun.  A barrel exceeding 12 inches facilitates the de-acceleration of the paintball, causing the ball to travel a shorter distance, limiting performance.

The gun porting (holes at the end of the barrel) make for a quieter shot, helping air escape from within.  In general, more porting equals a quieter shot, yet also necessitates more air to shoot paintballs, decreasing the efficiency of the gun.

Barrels vary in diameter.  Paintballs, depending on the manufacturer, vary in diameter as well.  Seasoned players ensure their brand of paintball fits their paintball barrels.  Some test how a ball fits into a barrel to ensure a good fit; your paintball shouldn’t be able to roll down the barrel with nothing but the force of gravity catapulting it, yet it shouldn’t take more than a puff of air for a securely-placed ball to move down the barrel.

At present, barrels are made from steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber.  It’s understood the material doesn’t influence accuracy, yet lighter barrels generally cost more.  Take a look through our paintball barrels; we have a large supply from leading manufacturers.  Of course, you can always contact us with a question!

The Paintball Markers You Forgot About – Pistols

We know the kind of weaponry making heads turn at stores and intriguing eyes on our Ultimate Paintball website.  Sure, the latest and greatest paintball markers by Spyder, Tippmann, and other manufacturers is a site to excite any paintball player, yet lesser known, lesser used markers are valuable as well.  When was the last time you considered supplementing your big gun with pistol paintball markers?

To start, we’d like to encourage use of a pistol as primary paintball markers despite contrary opinions.  Sure, using a pistol has drawbacks including the opportunity to hold less paintballs, less air, and the need for more patience, but there are advantages too.  Sometimes simplicity and skill is all you need to make an impact on the field.  Have you ever caught the look of an opposing player, holding a high-powered gun in hand, finding they just got taken out by a pistol?  It’s a priceless sight!

However, we’re not opposed to progress.  The design and response of markers has come a long way.  There’s a lot of damage to be done with an advanced paintball marker.  Taking a look through our site, you’ll see we definitely encourage the use of high-end guns too.

Using a pistol as a secondary weapon might be the best approach to take.  If you like the idea, consider how fast you can load a particular model along with its size and weight.  Some pistols are pretty elementary in design, taking a long time to reload.  Others are relatively quick to load and worth consideration as a secondary weapon.  Additionally, think practically.  Pistols are smaller than normal, high-end paintball markers but vary in size.  Make sure you can comfortably store the pistol on your person during play and easily aim, letting paintballs fly with one hand.

A pistol comes in the handiest when most needed.  Imagine your ensconced in that crucial moment where it’s either going to be you or your opponent who soon meets their fate.  Your knee deep in exchanging fire and it’s time to reload.  You think, “Damn!  Now they have the advantage.”  And they might know it.  However, if you’re packing an extra paintball marker you don’t have to sacrifice needed seconds.  You can grab the pistol and continue taking those crucial shots.

Do you have additional questions regarding pistols or other types of paintball markers?  We love to hear from current and potential customers!  Shoot us (haha – get it?) an email or give us a call.

Our courteous staff would be more than happy to address your questions.

Use Your Paintball Gun like a Sniper

Your paintball gun may be the deciding factor between victory and defeat.  It’s not just about the size and capability of your gun; you need to know how to use it!  There are a number of styles of play.  Those who love to rack up a number of kills with their paintball gun occasionally adopt a sniper-style of play.  If you want to learn how to be a sniper or enhance your sniper skills, consider the following suggestions.

A sniper sits and waits for opportunities to make a kill.  Aside from an accurate paintball gun, patience is a must regarding this style of play.  If you’re an anxious player who loves to move around, a natural-born sniper you’re not.  It doesn’t mean you can’t be an advantage to your team in other ways; it means you should consider adopting a different role.

Where are you going to sit and wait for enemy targets?  Remember you’re a sniper and not a hider.  Yes, you need to choose a covert position, but not a place so well hidden no one will spot you and you won’t spot them.  Consider making a base adjacent to a well-traveled crossroad or area on the battlefield.  Being stationary, you’ll need the enemy to come to you.

Consider donning camouflaged clothing (we have a number of camouflaged paintball gear items available at our online store!), facilitating your ability to hide from enemies.  You want to blend into your environment rather than standout in a conspicuous fashion.  If you can’t integrate your outline into the surroundings, you’ll become an easy target rather than an enemy-slaying sniper.

What’s the capacity of your paintball gun?  This is an important consideration.  If you’re positioned 100 feet from potential targets, but your gun’s accuracy begins going awry at 70 feet, you’re going to have issues being an efficient marksmen.  Know your gun and its limitations.

Don’t be overly confident.  Listen to your intuition (this usually gets better with the accumulation of play hours).  If you have any reason to believe you’ve been spotted, it’s time to adopt another hiding spot or style of play.  Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for an unexpected visit by enemy fire.

Don’t get too excited.  Sure, it’s a great feeling knowing you are about to open a can of paintball death on an opposing player, but maintaining a low profile is a major objective of snipers.  Be patient in pulling the trigger.  Optimally, you need only pull the trigger once to make a kill.  The best snipers leave opponents in post-kill wonder, shot yet having no clue where the opposing paintball came.

Keep it quiet.  Like a magician never reveals his secrets, a good sniper never reveals his hiding spots.  Your exact location is only for you and your paintball gun to know!

Paintball Gear – the Necessities

Congratulations on your engagement in the intense and highly-fun sport of paintball!  To begin, you’ll have to familiarize yourself with the necessities regarding paintball gear and equipment.  Depending on where you play, bare essentials are usually available for rent, yet you’ll soon find rental equipment is of low quality, warranting the purchase of bare necessities.

Let’s start with one of the most obvious necessities of paintball gear – the paintball gun (also called a marker).  Markers are offered in various sizes and host a number of varying features.  Of course, you’ll gravitate towards highly-efficient guns, yet in the beginning of your paintball career, be honest with yourself regarding your level of play.  It’s okay to be a novice; through continuous play, you’ll get increasingly better, developing your own style and using experience to your benefit.  You could start with a high-end gun purchase, but it’s suggested to get some experience under your belt first.

Logically following the purchase of a gun is the purchase of ammunition.  Like most paintball gear, all paintballs are not created equally.  High-quality balls adopt a spherical shape, making them more accurate, in addition to having smaller shells, making them break easier upon impact.

Paintball is an intense sport.  Some safety precautions need attention.  A safety mask is a necessity.  Don’t take the easy road and use just any mask.  Make sure you purchase a mask designed and used for the game of paintball.  Safety masks provide protection for the eyes, face, and head.  Be wary of attempting to save a few bucks; you get what you pay for regarding masks.  Cheaper masks won’t protect you as well as higher-end equipment.  If you’re trying to cut corners financially, we suggest not doing so with masks.

Clothing is another form of essential paintball gear.  Paintball clothes are heavy-duty, helping to absorb the impact of balls.  Advanced players search for camouflaged clothing, helping them stay hidden in sylvan settings such as the woods.  Camouflaged wear is not a necessity but does facilitate a covert position.  In addition, consider the kind of footwear chosen for play.  Sneakers or worn-in hiking boots are suggested.  The game requires a lot of movement and running in some situations.

If you’re a total novice, don’t be shy in contacting us regarding paintball gear and equipment.  We are here for you.  We have all the things you need but we also like to help those just starting play.  Be sure to regularly come back to our paintball blog to get great tips on play and gear!

Shoot Your Mouth and Gun during Paintball Play

Here at Ultimate Paintball, we’re not just a place to find the best deals on paintball equipment and apparel; we’re a source of information on the sport!  Have you just begun to play the game?  Not everyone is a natural-born expert; it takes time to understand the game and develop your own style and strategies.  It’s okay to be a little “wet behind the ears” at first; like most things, efficiency comes with more experience.  One insight you’ll have to internalize is the advantage of communication between teammates.  It’s okay to have some butterflies in the stomach, but you don’t want them to fly up into your throat, obstructing your ability to communicate.

If you’re a novice, it’s likely you’re not on a tournament team.  You’re probably engaging in walk-on play, where you can find the most dominant, experienced of players and those like you, who have high passion but little experience on the field.

Team sports require communication between players.  The same goes for paintball.  Close-knit groups may seem like they’re not communicating, but believe us, it’s going on. Communication on the field is paramount.  A large number of eyes and ears are better than one set.  Not knowing other players may make you hesitant to communicate, but communication facilitates victory.

You might think verbal communication gives up your location but use good judgment; if you know where an opponent is hiding and they’re within gunshot of a nearby ally, let the latter know of the former’s position.  Once you play with the same guys and gals for a while, verbal communication may evolve to non-verbal gesticulations.  For instance, if you ever catch two star basketball players who’ve been teammates for some time, you’d be amazed at how they seem to inherently know what the other is going to do.  You can develop such dynamic between your paintball teammates too!

Aside from using your mouth in conjunction with your eyes and ears, use your mouth to talk to other players before and after the paintball game.  Did you see a mysterious tactic and unsure why someone used it? Ask them afterwards.  Does it seem like the guys on your team have rich experience?  Tell them you’re a novice and ask if they have any tips for you to implement into play which would work well with their styles.  For instance, they might be aggressive players; so, a more defensive style of play may work well with them.  This will give you a chance to try different styles, facilitating the development of your own style.

Don’t be shy.  Most players, regardless of higher skills, remember what it was like when they were first starting to play.  Those who respect the sport will respect your willingness to listen to their insights and passion to increase your own abilities.